|Division III Regional Semifinal
@ Logan HS
Fort Frye 66
Score by quarters: 12-12, FF 31-23, FF 40-38
*Adena led 41-40 before FF ended the game on a 26-6 run
Jenny Grigsby (A): 18 pts (Finishes career 22nd All-Time in SVC history)
Natalie Cooper (A): 12 pts
Alyssa Kennedy (A): 7 pts, 7 rebs
Michelle Ackley (A): 6 pts (two 3s)
|Fourth quarter push from Fort Frye
brings Adena’s season to an end
It was obvious from the opening weekend of the season that the identity of this year’s Adena team was its ability to
defend. The proof continued over the next 24 games allowing just over 30 points per game. In Wednesday’s Division
III Regional Semifinal at Logan High School, Fort Frye’s offensive talent proved to be too much as Adena saw its
season end in a 66-47 loss.
The opening quarter was a back-and-forth battle with both teams attacking on the offensive end. For Fort Frye, the
ability to shoot the ball from the outside was on display, and for Adena, two-time POY Jenny Grigsby started fast
scoring seven of her team’s 12 points as the two teams were tied at the end of one.
The second quarter was one of the few times this year where Adena’s defense failed to impact the game. Fort Frye
scored 19 points in the period to open up a 31-23 advantage. The two teams went to the half with Adena just below
their normal pace on the offensive end; however, Fort Frye’s ability to post a total of 31 – a total just short of what
Adena usually allows in the entire game – had Adena looking for answers on the defensive end as well as how to get
multiple scorers involved on the offensive end.
The Lady Warriors responded in a big way in the third quarter. The normal aggressive defense started to cause
turnovers, and on offense, multiple Adena players started to score the basketball. Adena closed the gap to 33-30
within a few minutes, and eventually took the lead 35-34 on a basket by Natalie Cooper. Fort Frye regained the lead
on the next possession and eventually owned a 40-38 advantage entering the final quarter.
Michelle Ackley knocked down a triple to start the fourth period to give Adena a lead at 41-40. The game would
remain close for another minute before Fort Frye exploded to take advantage for good. The entire run to end the
game was a 26-6 spurt with the bulk of the damage coming in the middle of the quarter when the Lady Cadets
stretched a one-possession game to double-digits in a matter of two minutes.
The loss ends the season at 22-3 for Adena, and it closes a chapter of sorts for Adena girls’ basketball. Gone to
graduation are seven Adena players including the top six players in terms of minutes played. Next year’s program will
definitely have a different look, but as for this group, the numbers have been impressive. The four year run totals 71-
21 with a record of 50-6 inside the SVC. After a few years of falling short to Unioto, Adena has since won back-to-
back SVC titles.